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Man charged with attempted kidnap of schoolgirl in Portsmouth

Kent Road, Southsea Image copyright Google
Image caption Police said the girl was walking along Kent Road, Southsea when a man tried to repeatedly stop and talk to her

A man has been charged with the attempted kidnap of a schoolgirl with the intent to commit a sexual offence.

The 14-year-old girl was followed along Kent Road, Portsmouth, on Wednesday afternoon by a man who tried to repeatedly stop and talk to her.

The accused, a 41-year-old man of no fixed address, has also been charged with possession of a "bladed article".

He was remanded in custody by magistrates to appear at Portsmouth Crown Court on 7 November.

Hampshire Constabulary has urged parents to remain vigilant and to remind their children about the danger of talking to strangers.

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